Thank you for making the first joint Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) and Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) Users' Meeting a wonderful success. As part of the meeting tradition, several awards for outstanding scientific and technical achievement in synchrotron radiation-based science were presented.
Congratulations to the Outstanding Student Scientific Poster Award Recepients:
- Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman (UC Berkeley), Origin of Anomalous Magnetic Behavior in NiMn2O4 Thin Films;
- Stephen Kelly (Stanford), The Effect of Cycling on Microstructure and Reaction Kinetics in Mg/MgH2;
- David Singer (Stanford), Using Synchrotron Radiation X-ray Techniques to Examine Uranium Speciation as a Function of Depth in Contaminated Hanford Sediments;
- Samuel Wilson (Stanford), XAS Pre-edge and EXAFS Spectroscopy Reveals Mechanistic Differences between Tyrosine Hydroxylase and Other Pterin Dependent Hydroxylases.
The 2007 William Spicer Young Investigator Award was presented to Hugh Harris, a lecturer at the School of Chemistry and Physics, University of Adelaide, Australia. Jessica Vey, a graduate student at MIT, received the 2007 Melvin Klein Professional Development Award. And, Cathy Knotts, Manager of SSRL User Research Administration received the Farrel Lytle Award.
Approximately 320 individuals participated in the various activities scheduled over the six-day event which began with a special symposium on the future of x-ray science, September 28-29; this was followed on September 30 with a joint SSRL/ALS workshop on synchrotron radiation techniques. The main Users' Meeting, on October 1-2, featured presentations on recent developments and new opportunities in structural biology, material and environmental science, ultrafast science and LCLS instrumentation. On October 2, the keynote presentation was given by Nobel Laureate Professor Roger Kornberg, who utilized SSRL's crystallography beam lines for his experiments on RNA polymerase. The event concluded on October 3, 2007, with four concurrent workshops on
- XANES Spectroscopy;
- Imaging and X-ray Microscopy;
- Scientific Opportunities for Studying Laser Excited Dynamics at the LCLS.
The SSRL Users' Organization met on October 2, and an interim LCLS users' committee was formed to begin to draft a charter and provide a framework for future development of general user access policies for the first LCLS experimental station, which is expected to be ready for first light in 2009. Users interested in learning more about experiments with the LCLS are encouraged to join the LCLS mailing lists in the areas of: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics; Femtosecond Dynamics of Molecules; Nanoscale Dynamics of Condensed Matter; Imaging of Single Nanoparticles and Biomolecules; and/or Physics of Dense Plasmas and Warm Dense Matter. Register at https://oraweb.slac.stanford.edu.